Kodava (ಕೊಡವ ತಕ್ಕು)

Kodava is a Dravidian language spoken in Kodagu district (ಕೊಡಗು) of Karnataka state in southern India. In 2001 there were about 166,000 speakers of Kodava, which is also known as Kodava Takk, Kodava takka or Coorgi.

There are two dialects of Kodava: Mendele, which is spoken in Northern and Central Kodagu, and Kiggat, which is spoken in Kiggat naadu in Southern Kodagu.

Kodava was formerly considered a dialect of Kannada, however in the early 20th century linguists recognized it as a separate language. It is closely related to Tamil, Tulu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Kodava is usually written with the Kannada alphabet, and sometimes with the Malayalam alphabet. Until the 20th century it was rarely written. The most important piece of Kodava literature, a collection of folksongs and traditions known as Pattole Palame, was published in 1924 by Nadikerianda Chinnappa.

Kannada alphabet for Kodava

Kannada alphabet for Kodava

Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/318720246/An-Elementary-Grammar-of-the-Coorg-Language

Malayalam alphabet for Kodava

Malayalam alphabet for Kodava

Coorgi-Cox alphabet Coorgi-Cox (Kurgi Koks)

The Coorgi-Cox alphabet was developed in 2005 by a German linguist, Gregg M. Cox, as a new way to write Kodava. The alphabet was developed in response to a request from Kodava speakers for a unique alphabet to write their language. The Coorgi-Cox provides a single alphabet for all Kodava speakers, and was introduced with CDs and postcards in March and April 2005.

Notable features

Coorgi-Cox alphabet for Kodava (Kurgi Koks Akṣaru)

Coorgi-Cox alphabet

Download alphabet charts for Kodava in Excel or PDF format

Download a Coorgi-Cox font

Corrections and additions by Wolfram Siegel

Sample video in Kodava


Information about the Coorgi-Cox alphabet and Kodava language

Kodagu news

Dravidian languages

Badaga, Brahui, Dhundari, Gondi, Irula, Jatapu, Kannada, Kodava, Kolam, Konda, Koya, Kurukh, Malayalam, Malto, Mukha Dora, Ravula, Sankethi, Savara, Sunuwar, Suriyani Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Toda, Tulu, Yerukula

Languages written with the Kannada alphabet

Kannada, Kodava, Konkani, Lambadi, Sankethi, Tulu


A-chik Tokbirim, Adinkra, Adlam, Armenian, Avestan, Avoiuli, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Chisoi, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Deseret, Elbasan, Etruscan, Faliscan, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Global Alphabet, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Kayah Li, Khatt-i-Badí’, Khazarian Rovas, Korean, Latin, Lepontic, Luo Lakeside Script, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Mandaic, Mandombe, Marsiliana, Messapic, Mongolian, Mro, Mundari Bani, N'Ko, North Picene, Nyiakeng Puachue Hmong, Odùduwà, Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Ol Chiki (Ol Cemet' / Santali), Old Italic, Old Nubian, Old Permic, Ol Onal, Orkhon, Oscan, Pau Cin Hau, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), Somali (Osmanya), South Picene, Sutton SignWriting, Sunuwar, Tai Lue, Tangsa, Todhri, Toto, Umbrian, Uyghur, Wancho, Yezidi, Zaghawa, Zoulai

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